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Dan R. Dick

I am the lead pastor at People's United Methodist Church in the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church, husband of my beautiful wife, Barbara, dad to my fantastic son, Josh and his wife Caroline, step-dad to my phenomenal son, Greg, his wife Hannah and our fabulous/glorious/perfect granddaughter Evie, author of seventeed books on spirituality, stewardship, congregational development, research, and spiritual gifts discovery, and an advocate for a more loving, inclusive church for the 21st century and beyond.

Best Book: The New Faces of Christianity

This week’s Best Book is Philip Jenkins’, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South.  Jenkins presents a thoroughly-researched, well thought-out, and highly provocative prediction of the future of global Christianity in the 21st century.  This is a book every pastor and laity leader will find […]

Ratiocinational Anthem

Jesus loves me, this I know For the Bible tells me so, But Jesus does not love you, Because of all the crap you do. (scribbled on a church bathroom wall) There is a perverse logic at work in the Christian church.  Recent polls of regular church goers indicate that […]

A Minority Opinion — Shack Attack

Within the past week I have received four different emails regarding William Young’s, The Shack.  The attention this book receives is interesting to me, and I posted a review in May 2008 that voices a minority opinion — while I observe a widespread, gushing adoration for the book, I found […]

The New-nited Methodist Church

A few people responded to my “Oh We, Of Little Faith” post — addressing the the doom-and-gloom predictions of the end of the UMC in the next forty years or so — by asking what kind of future I do envision for the good old UMC?  Looking at trends and […]

Broken for You… But Definitely Broken

You might think that people who do something repeatedly over a period of years would come to know its practice and meaning intimately.  In the case of the celebration of Holy Communion, you would be wrong.  Each month (the preferred schedule for the institution of the Lord’s Supper in United […]

Stupid Christian Education

I keep getting requests for copies of this article and permission to reprint it so I thought I would just re-post it here.  I originally posted it last November. What do you know about God?  What have you learned about Jesus Christ in the past few weeks?  How readily can […]

An Existential Loop

My long time spiritual guide and mentor, Carl Andry, Jr., used to tell us that the purpose of the church could be discerned through the three-fold approach to a single question: Why are we here?  For Dr. Andry, a congregation could only justify its existence by: Asking the question Answering […]

The Irrationalization of Christianity

Two recent conversations raise questions in my mind about the integrity and strength of our beliefs.  A pair of incredibly intelligent, deeply spiritual Christians shared with me heart-breaking realizations that there is no longer any place for them in the church — all because they are reasonable, rational people trying […]

Building a Better Bible

It’s hard to justify the need for yet another Bible — there are a whole bunch out there from the ridiculous to the sublime — but the new Wesley Study Bible distinguishes itself as a worthwhile addition (edition?).  Not that the Bible needs improvement, but anything that illuminates and explains […]

Show Me The Money Mission

Times are tough. The economy is in the tank. People are losing jobs, and those who have them are growing ever more cautious with their money. It’s got to be hurting the church, right?  Well, yes… and no. It all depends on where the congregational treasure is — there will […]